one-armed bandit

noun
\ ˈwən-ˈärm(d)- \
variants: or less commonly one-arm bandit \ˈwən-ˈärm- \

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The other people in Mr. Zafra’s neighborhood bar, a place with one-armed bandit slot machines and a heavily tattooed bartender, thought that breaking away from Spain would lead to economic collapse. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Catalans, Elated but Fearful, Brace for Independence Vote," 29 Sep. 2017

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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